An iPad-for-productivity rant from a place of love
I had to submit a message to the building management of my apartment using their resident web portal. I was a couple sentences deep when I had to jump to the Documents (Readdle) app to reference my lease. I found the info I needed, and when I went back to Safari, the page reloaded, and it cleared what I had already written. Gone. (I could’ve drafted my message in Notes and pasted it in, but that wouldn’t have helped all the other lost completed fields in the form)
I think when people have the “iPad as your computer” debate, we too frequently center the conversation around people doing high end work, such as video editing, motion graphics, 3D, development, etc, and people say, “Well if you are just doing some web browsing, email, and documents, the iPad is great.”
The workflow of writing into a web page form and referencing a PDF is as basic as you can get, and the iPad crumbled right before me. This is a 2017 iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard, a retail value at the time of $900+, not a $200 Chromebook.
It’s kind of scary on iPads when you leave one app and come back to it, you can’t necessarily trust the data retention. I’ve experimented using my iPad as a work machine to see what it is like (I have a work-issued MacBook Pro). I’ll be in Outlook, jump out to another app to look at something, and when I return, it reloads and completely forgets which email I was reading. It then takes another 10 seconds to scroll to pick up where I left off. That is a productivity killer in a rapid paced professional environment. It breaks your concentration and focus. Yikes.
This rant comes from a place of love. My iPad is my main home personal computer. I just think there is an aspect of the iPad that you don’t see in the marketing, the fancy trackpad demos, or the feature lists. Just being able to trust your computer as you fly around applications is really key.
TLDR: Safari reloaded and lost what I was writing in it, kind of breaking my trust in the iPad as a productivity machine.